Beauty queen is ‘jet-set’ for Manila event

Monday November 06, 2017 Written by Published in Local
The Miss Cook Islands Pageant Association’s reigning Miss Maine Kuki Airani, Lydia Simonis Tariu, jets off back home for a brief stopover before competing in the Miss Asia Pacifi c International pageant in Manila. 17110309 The Miss Cook Islands Pageant Association’s reigning Miss Maine Kuki Airani, Lydia Simonis Tariu, jets off back home for a brief stopover before competing in the Miss Asia Pacifi c International pageant in Manila. 17110309

RACING to catch her flight at Rarotonga airport Thursday afternoon, beauty queen Lydia Simonis Tariu just had time to peck a couple of aunties on the cheek in a hasty “goodbye”, pick up her carry-on bag and snap a quick “head shot” for media before boarding her flight to Sydney.

 

Following a week stopover back home in Australia to prepare, Tariu will be flying off again to the Philippines to compete in the Miss Asia Pacific International pageant in Manila.

And she says she’s happy and excited to be representing the Cook Islands on the international stage.

In September, representing Atiu, Tariu was crowned Miss Maine Kuki Airani, in the Miss Cook Islands Pageant Association’s contest. She is the last of four Cook Islands beauty queens to head away for their respective campaigns.

The 18-year-old Sydney-based model and dancer, who is half Cook Islander and half Russian, was first introduced to Cook Islands culture through dancing at the age of six.

During a few months’ stay in Atiu, she went to a school on the island where she learned local dance before moving back to Australia. Cook Islands dancing was one of the things she took back home with her.

And through dancing, she has already had the opportunity to travel and experience new things, as well as develop a very strong stage presence along the way.

Tariu also performed with Atiu Enua at Te Maeva Nui 2017.

It was her stage confidence, among her other talents, that helped her win her crown in Rarotonga. It will also position her well for her upcoming global pageant where she will compete against 40 other women from around the world.

The three-week event culminates in the crowning of a new Miss Asia Pacific on November 29 and includes entrants from the America’s, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Iceland and some European and Middle Eastern countries, as well as the Asia Pacific Region.

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